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Remembering Taro… and the man who created him

taro1Peter Farrell and I are sometimes asked by our Artvoice readers, “Who Is Taro?”

We almost always end our Puck Stop columns with a “Taro Sez” segment, offering rapid fire bullet points about things going on the the world of hockey. But back in the day, what Taro said was far far more important. Those old enough to have experienced Sabres hockey back in the Aud days remember well the phantom sign painters, whose hilarious and clever quips straight from Taro were a must read. And it was always a different sign – at every single hockey game.

So who exactly was Taro Tsujimoto? Click on to this article by Boston Globe and Deadspin writer Alan Siegel. A terrific interview with former and longtime Sabres’ Public Relations Director Paul Wieland will have you in stitches and wanting for more as he recalls the 1974 NHL Draft and how the legend of Taro came to being.

We are tremendously proud to play our small part in keeping Taro’s memory and legacy alive through the pages of Artvoice. As much as we enjoy covering Sabres hockey, how cool it must have been to be a part of the team’s media corps back in those days.


  • James Hyzy

    I know the guys (my brother was one of them). They were just as funny in person.